My exhibition is hung, the launch over, and last week I mostly slept.
Hanging the pieces was almost as difficult as making them. It took six hours to get everything lined up properly, no doubt because it was an entirely new experience and we had to learn how to do it as we did it. There are probably techniques and devices that make the job much easier but we, unschooled as we are, don’t know them – if you do please share your wisdom. I need a hanging workshop.
By the time we got to the Outtakes and Bloopers wall my damns were severely compromised, thus I literally just banged nails into the wall and hung them randomly
On looking at this photograph quite a large part of me wants to go back and rehang them, but I’ll resist perhaps with the help of a biscuit.
But I need to break my biscuit habit. Maybe I’ll try a healthy apple.
On another note entirely
For the last three months I have been an elected member of Moffat and District Community Council, a (voluntary) job I took on after it (the CC) was dissolved due to lack of members. Feeling that losing such a body would be bad for the community I put myself forward. I’d heard stories from a variety of people about why members kept resigning, thus taking the numbers below the allowed minimum, and it didn’t sound good, but I felt I should find out for myself rather than place my faith in secondhand information. And anyway, I like a challenge. I believe the stories now – there are enough petty minded, selfish, ego driven narcissists in this town to make anyone who tries to do anything good run a (hundred) mile(s). Now our Community Council has been dissolved once more, due to one or other of these sad little men (they are, on the whole, men I’m sorry to say). This time a complaint by a member of the public has been received by Dumfries & Galloway Council (DGC) regarding the election process. The council didn’t follow its own rules for a by-election so they’ve decided to start again, and, thus, break those rules once more.
I won’t bore you with all the details, but the rules state that when a CC goes below a certain number it must be dissolved and a by-election called; nominations are then sought to fill all the places. DGC only sought nominations to fill the empty slots, they say, to smooth the process. However, now that someone has complained they’ve decided to dissolve us once more, even though there is nothing in their rules (called The Scheme) to allow for this. ‘This’ being disestablishing a CC due to DGC making a procedural gaff.
By doing this they are severely compromising the town: we were in the process of applying for a grant of £2.1M for much needed redevelopment work. It will take about three months to reestablish us, which means that opportunity will be lost. I’m dumbfounded by the lack of foresight by DGC, and the utter selfishness of the individual who brought the complaint. And this isn’t the worst of it.
There are elections for Community Councils in this region every four years, the next one is due in October, thus we will have a by-election in August followed two months later by an ordinary election. So, three elections in one year (and how much does that cost the taxpayer?); six months (since last November) of enforced inactivity and lack of representation for this community; the loss of £2.1M with a further application for £3.4M seriously compromised, not to mention all the micro grants that we, the CC, distribute to causes that benefit the community. Everything now has to stop because of one idiot and a municipal council that can’t stick to its original decision.
I should say here that this has nothing to do with our elected representatives, they are great but seem to have little influence on the civil servants that run the council. I had no notion of this before joining the CC and, quite frankly, I’m appalled.
It all feels like Synecdoche Democracy: toxic people are having a moment and showing how undemocratic the WASPish system of government really is. I’ve just watched another short video of the volcanic activity in Hawaii, it’s as if the earth is crying blood – no wonder.
How are you (here’s a picture of some string)?